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Stress Relief Journal Gift Idea
How to Make a Journal
Whilst there are some beautiful books and journals for sale a handmade and personalized journal will make a lovely gift. The journal I have made here is very inexpensive and simple to make.
Making one for a friend or client who has a lot on their plate will be helpful and offer them a place to write down and keep safe their thoughts and feelings.
People with depression, post partum depression, in recovery from an illness or with anxiety will be helped by this.
Journal making is also a lovely group activity for a health and wellness group and for teens or tweens.
Supplies and getting started on the Journal
Purchase a lined or plain soft covered paper exercise book - if you choose lined you can add plain paper and vice versa to the finished journal. Select a size that is best suited to your needs or to the person you are making it for. Consider if this is a book that will travel about or one that will be kept at home.
- Hole Punch
- Glue Stick
- Card Stock or other papers
- Motivational Statements
- Plain or Lined Paper (Optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
Cut and paste papers
Begin by selecting the papers that you want to cover your journal with. Consider the colours and patterns that will appeal to the person you are making it for. Write out or use pre-printed motivational sayings or words.
Cover the outer front cover and inside cover. Repeat with the same or different papers on the outer back and inside back cover. Make a pocket on the inside if you wish and store motivational or other helpful papers in there to inspire.
If you want to add some plain sheets, hole punch the sheets and slip as many inside the book as you wish to. I used a firmer card stock for this. Similarly add lined sheets to a plain paper book. Fix sheets in place with butterfly fasteners
How to use the finished Journal
Journal writing for someone who is stressed may seem like another chore that will just not get done. Suggest to your friend, client or whomever you have made this for that they write or draw or use it daily to record their feelings, daily dramas, thoughts and dreams as a way to clear the mind.
When we write things down - actually physically write things down - we create a healthy fusion in the brain that can change negative thinking into positive action. Writing enhances executive functioning and studies of children and seniors have shown improvements in learning and functioning through writing and drawing. www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3555
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron offers an insightful understanding about how we can enhance our lives by engaging in writing and creativity on a daily basis. Not in a formal or structured way but by giving ourselves permission to "go for it", let the words and images come tumbling free from within.
Journalling is used as a tool in mindfullness, meditation, understanding dreams, addiction recovery, cognitive behavioural therapies and expressive therapies.
Other journaling Ideas to manage stress
- Writing a Gratitude Journal to Manage Stress
Gratitude journaling is the simple process of writing down what you are thankful for. Recognizing thankfulness will direct your attention away from stress and towards peacefulness.